Wild and Wicked Things, Francesca May

Oh my. I won an ARC of this in a Goodreads giveaway and then got approved from Netgalley a few days later. I told myself to take my time reading it to share my review closer to release day. That didn’t happen in the slightest, and I read through the entire book in a little over a day. Wild and Wicked Things is dark, moody, and secretive. There are parties, witchcraft, mental health rep, and some sullen (and forbidden due to the times) pining that makes me want to hold the book to my chest and never let go.

If I have any criticism from the book, it would be that I don’t always understand Annie. Meek and mild Annie, suffering from crippling anxiety, is often anything but, and we spent so much time reiterating how scared of everything she is that the concept pretty much goes out the window. That’s good in theory but virtually impossible (out here in the real world) in practice.

From the characters to the storyline, this is a totally immersive read. This is such a lovely book. It’s flowy and fun, with several veins of mystery running through it. Thank you, Redhook Books, for sending this along!

Wild and Wicked Things is available for preorder on Amazon, Bookshop, and B&N, it releases March 29th.

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About the Book:

In the aftermath of World War I, a naive woman is swept into a glittering world filled with dark magic, romance, and murder in this lush and decadent debut.

On Crow Island, people whisper, real magic lurks just below the surface. 

Neither real magic nor faux magic interests Annie Mason. Not after it stole her future. She’s only on the island to settle her late father’s estate and, hopefully, reconnect with her long-absent best friend, Beatrice, who fled their dreary lives for a more glamorous one. 

Yet Crow Island is brimming with temptation, and the biggest one may be her enigmatic new neighbor. 

Mysterious and alluring, Emmeline Delacroix is a figure shadowed by rumors of witchcraft. And when Annie witnesses a confrontation between Bea and Emmeline at one of the island’s extravagant parties, she is drawn into a glittering, haunted world. A world where the boundaries of wickedness are tested, and the cost of illicit magic might be death.

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